CLARA THOMAS ARCHIVES














Inventory of the
Gabriel Kolko fonds











Inventory #F0339






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FONDS LEVEL DESCRIPTION



Fonds/Collection Number:F0339
Title:Gabriel Kolko fonds
Dates:1948-1990
Extent:4.14 m of textual records
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Gabriel Kolko (1932-), historian and author, was born in 1932 and educated at Harvard where he received his PhD in 1962 and where he was a member of the Student League for Industrial Democracy. Following his graduation, he taught at the University of Pennsylvania and at the State University of New York-Buffalo. In 1970, he joined the History Department at York University where he is presently a Distinguished Research Professor Emeritus. Kolko's research interests include American political history, the Progressive Era and foreign policy in the twentieth century. He is the author of over ten books on topics ranging from the origins of the Cold War, American history after 1865 and the Vietnam War including "Century of war : politics, conflict, and society since 1914," and "Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the United States, and the modern historical experience." Most recently, he is the author of "Another century of war?" and "The age of war : the United States confronts the world." He is a regular contributor to the bi-weekly political newsletter "CounterPunch".
Scope and Content:

The fonds consists of Gabriel Kolko's research files, publication files and correspondence, and personal files. The research and publication files contain notes, drafts and research material related to the writing of "The limits of power, 1945-1954," co-authored with Joyce Kolko, "Anatomy of war : Vietnam, the United States, and the modern historical experience". It contains personal and professional correspondence including letters received from and, in many cases, copies of letters sent to Barrington Moore Jr., Renato Constantino, Paul Mattick, Peggy Duff, Maria Jolas, Stanford Ovshinsky, Saburo Kugai, Norman Thomas, Noam Chomsky, Herbert Marcuse and Ercich Jacoby, among others. It includes correspondence with publishers, drafts of essays and/or articles written by Kolko, reviews of his work and personal correspondence exchanged between Kolko and his wife, Joyce.

Custodial History: The material pertaining to "The limits of power" was initially donated to the Government Documents Section of the York University Scott Library in March 1971, which in turn transferred it to the Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections in April 1972. The material was photocopied from collections in several American repositories. A further document, donated by Mr. Dick Nanto, Tokyo, Japan, consisting of a photocopy of the draft constitution of Japan, 1946, was donated in 1973.
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
Some access restrictions apply. In particular, access to accession 1996-034 is granted only with the written permission of Gabriel Kolko or Mrs. Joyce Kolko until their deaths. In particular, no access under any circumstances is permitted to the files in 1996-034/014 and 1996-034/015 until after the deaths of both Dr. Kolko and his wife. Researchers seeking access must make written application to Gabriel Kolko through the University Archivist, outlining their research project and their purpose in consulting the Gabriel Kolko fonds.
Finding Aid: File list available.
URL of Finding Aid:http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000339.pdf
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1972-008, 1994-025, 1996-034. Further accruals may be expected.
1972-008
1994-025
1996-034
Immediate source of acquisition: The original accession (1972-008) was a transfer of materials from the Government Documents Section, Scott Library. Subsequent accessions were donated by Kolko in 1994 and 1996.
Provenance Access Points:Kolko, Gabriel, 1932-

Date of creation: 2002/04/05
Date of last revision: 2008/01/09
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